Coronavirus cases surge past 32.1 million globally, death toll tops 9.80 lakh

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New Delhi (NVI): Nearly 32.1 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly 9,82,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 22.1 million people have recovered from the disease.

In the US, the number of coronavirus infections are nearing 7 million while the death toll has surpassed 2,02,000 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have surged past 4.65 million meanwhile the number of fatalities are nearing 1,39,000.

South Korea on Friday said it would impose tighter restrictions during the Chuseok autumn holiday weeks when people traditionally reunite with families, flagging the risks of new clusters of coronavirus infections. The new curbs apply to at least 11 high-risk facilities in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, including nightclubs and bars.

Israel further toughened its lockdown measures on Thursday after existing restrictions failed to bring down the infection rate. The country has 212,115 cases out of a population of just under 9 million: roughly equivalent to one case per 23 people.

France set a new record for daily new cases. Health authorities reported 16,096 new confirmed cases on Thursday, a significant increase on the previous record of 13,498 and setting a fourth all-time high of daily additional infections in eight days.

Australia’s coronavirus hot spot, Victoria, is set to ease restrictions over the weekend. The two-week average of new infections in Melbourne dropped below 26, well below the 30-50 level which the state has set as a precondition to relax its strict curbs.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 2,153 to 2,80,223. The reported death toll rose by 15 to 9,443, the tally showed.

-CHK